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Frances Kindla Clark
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Birth: Oct. 3, 1832, Poland
Death: unknown
Bandera County
Texas, USA

Francisca was the oldest surviving child of John Kindla and Franciska Susanna Gorel, baptized 3 Oct 1832 at Narodzenia NMP, Centawa, Poland. She was 22 when the family arrived in Galveston December 1854 and settled down in Bandera the following February.

Just a few months later, according to entry 1006 of the Marriage Register, Amos Clark and Frances Kindelier were wed August 3 1855 at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio by Father Dubuis who performed the marriage rites in English, although Amasa was not a Catholic. Witnesses were Eugene Dietry and M. Dietry. The Register includes the notation: "They came 60 miles to this church to be married."

The marriage license was recorded August 29, 1855 in Bexar County Marriages Book D-1. Just two years later their divorce was granted in Bandera by District Court Judge Buckner on October 14, 1857 according to Minutes Book A.

Their son, Baby Amasa, was born April 10, 1856. Sadly both Amasa and his little sister Annie died of diphtheria within a few days of each other, October 20 and October 29, 1864, ages 8 and 5.

The children were originally buried near oak trees along Cedar Street, a few blocks from St. Stanislaus Church. When their remains were discovered by a work crew in 1939, they were moved to the Clark Cemetery.

Note: the large memorial plaque in the cemetery fails to acknowledge this first marriage between Frances and Amasa.

Frances died too soon, the exact date unknown, likely before 1860. I like to imagine she rests close to her mother, who died shortly after arriving in Bandera in 1855. In those early days there was no Catholic cemetry or parish priest to record births and deaths, and the location of both graves has been lost over time. 
Family links: 
  John Kindla (1805 - 1883)
  Franciska Susanna Goryl Kindla (1808 - 1856)
  Amasa Gleason Clark (1825 - 1927)
  Amasa Clark (1856 - 1864)*
  Frances Kindla Clark (1832 - ____)
  Johanna Kindla Zinsmeyer (1835 - 1900)*
  Joseph Kindla (1836 - 1919)*
  Theo Kindla (1850 - 1872)*
  Anton Kindla (1859 - 1892)**
  Anton Kindla (1859 - 1892)**
  Ernest Felix Kindla (1862 - 1946)**
  Mary Margaret Kindla Magott (1865 - 1897)**
*Calculated relationship
Created by: L Kindla
Record added: Sep 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29791469
Frances <i>Kindla</i> Clark
Added by: L Kindla
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